• Yemen 2018/11/19

    By Syed Zafar Mehdi

    Why no global outcry over Saudi war in Yemen?

    TEHRAN - On Sunday, the U.S. intelligence agency confirmed that the brazen killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was ordered by the Saudi crown prince Mohammad Bin Salman, which must have finally given some comfort to his restless soul. The truth was not hidden from the world, as it was already established by the Turkish authorities, but now we have the word straight from the horse’s mouth.

  • Ghani 2018-11-17 23:30

    ‘Moscow talks step towards peace’

    TEHRAN - The landmark conference in Moscow last week that saw the participation of Taliban representatives and officials from nearly a dozen countries was the “first and positive step” towards long-lasting peace in war-torn Afghanistan, former Afghan President Hamid Karzai said.

  • Afghanistan 2018-11-17 23:30

    Afghanistan among most dangerous places

    TEHRAN - Afghanistan, Libya and Somalia are the most dangerous places on earth, according to a new map designed for travelers that alerts them to risks abroad.

  • Khashoggi 2018/11/10

    By Syed Zafar Mehdi

    Saudi regime’s war on free speech, free press

    TEHRAN _ A free and independent media is the watchdog of society, custodian of public interest and stimulus of political and social change. For a free and fearless journalist, truth is sacred, even though it may be unpalatable. In our times, to invoke George Orwell, telling a truth has become a revolutionary act, and often it has landed journalists and activists in troubled waters.

  • President Ronald Reagan (L) Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev 2018/10/26

    By Mikhail Gorbachev former president of the Soviet Union

    A new nuclear arms race has begun

    Over 30 years ago, President Ronald Reagan and I signed in Washington the United States-Soviet Treaty on the elimination of intermediate- and shorter-range missiles. For the first time in history, two classes of nuclear weapons were to be eliminated and destroyed.

  • Forozan Faghiri 2018-10-15 22:37

    By Syed Zafar Mehdi

    Afghan refugee who defied odds to become an accomplished physicist in Iran

    TEHRAN - She was forced to leave her homeland as a small child, along with her family, when the country was battling civil war, much before 9/11 and the American invasion. She became a refugee at a tender age, and faced tremendous hardships while growing up. But, somehow adversities proved to be blessing in disguise for her, making her strong and giving her definite purpose and direction in life.

  • Yemen 2018-10-15 16:55

    UN: Yemen on brink of 'world's worst famine in 100 years’

    The United Nations has warned Yemen could be facing the worst famine in 100 years if airstrikes by the Saudi-led coalition are not halted, the Guardian reported on Monday.

  • Rouhani 2018-10-14 16:52

    Rouhani: U.S. has launched its psychological warfare project against Iran

    TEHRAN – President Hassan Rouhani said on Sunday that the U.S. been seeking to delegitimize the Islamic Republic system and has started its project through a “psychological warfare”.

  • سردار سید محمد باقر زاده 2018-10-09 19:58

    General urges U.S. to release info on burial site of Iranian soldiers in Iraq

    TEHRAN – A military commander has urged Washington to provide Iran with documents related to the burial locations of Iranian soldiers confiscated after the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003.

  • Afghanistan war 2018/10/08

    By Syed Zafar Mehdi

    17 years of America’s disastrous Afghanistan venture

    TEHRAN - On Sunday, the protracted war in Afghanistan completed 17 years. It was on October 7, 2001 the U.S. government and its allies launched the so-called ‘Operation Freedom’ apparently to topple the Taliban regime in Kabul, following the 9/11 attacks. Yet 17 years later, America’s longest war still grinds on, despite more than $2 trillion investment and thousands of casualties.

  • Anand Gopal 2018-10-08 19:21

    By Syed Zafar Mehdi

    ‘The blame for resurrecting the insurgency in Afghanistan ultimately rests with the U.S.’

    TEHRAN - The war in Afghanistan, which began on October 7, 2001, completed 17 years this week. More than 17 years after invading the country, the U.S.-led international coalition has reluctantly conceded defeat to insurgent groups, after miserably failing in counter-terrorism efforts. Today, security situation remains volatile, government is in disarray, terrorists are stronger than ever, and civilians continue to pay the heavy price.

  • U.S.-Russia 2018-10-07 09:23

    ‘U.S.-Russia war moving to Afghanistan’

    TEHRAN - Noting that the escalating tensions between the U.S. and Russia were moving toward Afghanistan, Afghanistan’s deputy foreign minister said it could have “negative repercussions” for the war-torn country.

  • Ghani 2018-10-03 22:30

    Ghani says no to ‘foreign mercenaries’

    TEHRAN - Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, reacting to recent remarks made by Blackwater founder Erik Prince, has said that Afghan security forces have enough capability and have managed to save the country from “collapse”.

  • Pakistan-India 2018-09-29 22:10

    War with India is not an option; only solution is dialogue: Pakistan’s FM

    TEHRAN - Following the war of words between India and Pakistan last week, the prospects of peace and reconciliation between the two estranged South Asian neighbors have again dimmed.

  • Afghanistan 2018-09-26 23:48

    Deadly U.S. air raids continue to claim civilian lives in war-torn Afghanistan

    TEHRAN - The deadly air raids by the U.S.-led coalition forces continue unabated in war-torn Afghanistan. In the latest, at least 25 civilians, including women and children, were killed in two separate aerial operations in Kapisa and Maidan Wardak provinces, according to officials.

  • Mudasir Sheikh 2018/09/24

    By Mudasir Sheikh

    U.S. losing its technological and economic might

    TEHRAN - According to Alibaba group co-founder Jack Ma, U.S. has spent $14.2 trillion on 13 wars during the past 30 years. Bloomberg recently reported that the U.S. spending will exceed its revenues by $804 billion in the fiscal year through September and till 2020. U.S. budget deficit is estimated to surpass $1 trillion and country’s debt has already crossed $21 trillion mark.

  • Afghan refugees 2018-09-18 09:44

    Afghan refugees born in Pakistan to get nationality

    TEHRAN - The newly-elected Pakistan government led by Imran Khan has announced that it will grant nationality to all Pakistan-born refugees of Afghan and Bangladeshi origin, ending months of suspense and speculation.

  • afghanistan 2018-09-18 09:19

    Afghan war to be deadlier than Syria this year

    TEHRAN - The protracted Afghan conflict, which has entered its 17th year now, could overtake Syria as the deadliest conflict in the world this year with surging violence, according to a report in AFP.

  • Afghan war 2018-09-11 09:48

    ‘U.S. govt. misleading people on Afghan war’

    TEHRAN - A scathing report that indicts the U.S. government for its failure in Afghanistan despite 17 years of war and investment worth billions of dollars has blasted Trump administration for misleading the people of America on facts about war in Afghanistan.

  • ‘Unaware we are in war condition’: cleric 2018-09-08 10:00

    ‘Unaware we are in war condition’: cleric

    TEHRAN – A Tehran Friday prayer leader says U.S. President Donald Trump has said that “we are seeking to conquer the Middle East”, but Trump and his companions will soon take this wish to the grave, Mehr reported.

  • Kashmir 2018-09-06 00:38

    Number of militants in Kashmir crosses 300

    TEHRAN - For the first time in over a decade, the number of militants in volatile Kashmir valley has crossed 300, triggering alarm among security and intelligence agencies, according to a report in The Tribune.

  • U.S. commander to Afghanistan 2018-09-06 00:37

    Time to end Afghan war, says U.S. commander

    TEHRAN - Bearing testimony to America’s failures in Afghanistan, the outgoing commander of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan Gen. John W. Nicholson urged all sides to bring an end to the protracted war.

  • Jalaluddin Haqqani 2018/09/06

    By: Syed Zafar Mehdi

    Life, death and legacy of U.S. ally turned foe Haqqani

    TEHRAN - The death of Jalaluddin Haqqani, the patriarch of the dreaded militant group Haqqani Network, has generated a palpable buzz and made international headlines. The announcement was made by the Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid on Tuesday, hailing him as a “religious scholar and exemplary warrior”, even though Afghan officials insist that he had been dead for at least four years.

  • Pakistan-India 2018-08-16 13:16

    Syed Zafar Mehdi

    India, Pakistan look to bury the hatchet and create space for betterment of ties

    TEHRAN - India and Pakistan, the two South Asian warring neighbors, have been at loggerheads over the issue of Kashmir since 1947. The two countries have gone to war on two occasions and despite the strenuous efforts made by peaceniks on both sides, the bilateral relations have failed to mend.

  • Afghanistan 2018-08-07 11:02

    ISIS war against Shias in Afghanistan gathers momentum

    TEHRAN - With heavy hearts and moist eyes, mourners laid to rest the victims of twin suicide attack on a Shia mosque in eastern Afghanistan on Saturday. The death toll in the deadly attack, according to local officials, was 35.

  • U.S. Congress 2018-07-29 11:31

    Billions of American taxpayer’s money wasted in Afghanistan, says a report

    TEHRAN - Billions of American taxpayer’s money has been lost on waste, fraud, abuse and spent on massive reconstruction projects in Afghanistan that have utterly failed and even led to rampant corruption in the war-ravaged country, says a scathing new report released by a U.S. government watchdog body.

  • Afghanistan - Pakistan 2018/07/17

    Syed Zafar Mehdi

    The curious case of Afghanistan-Pakistan shaky relationship

    A few weeks ago, at an event in Kabul, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani remarked that an agreement had been reached with Pakistan on rooting out terrorism and extremism in the region. The announcement, after a flurry of accusations and counter-accusations in recent years, brought cheer to many peaceniks who have grown weary of war, death and destruction.

  • U.S. troops 2018-07-15 10:17

    Trump won’t pull U.S. troops from Afghanistan, Ghani says after NATO Summit

    TEHRAN _ After their meeting at the NATO Summit, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani said he does not believe U.S. President Donald Trump will withdraw American troops from Afghanistan, where the U.S. in involved in the longest and disastrous war in its history.

  • India-U.S. trade 2018-07-15 09:50

    Widening cracks in India-U.S. trade ties as tariff war continues

    TEHRAN _ The cracks in the India-U.S. trade ties are widening with many top Indian executives and government officials expressing concern over the ongoing trade dispute between the two countries and questioning the hard-nosed stance of Washington.

  • Afghanistan 2018/07/12

    By Syed Zafar Mehdi

    After 17 years of ‘wasted effort’ in Afghanistan, no lessons learnt by U.S.

    After nearly 17 years of war, chaos, mayhem, misery, death and destruction, the United States is seeking peace negotiations with the Taliban in Afghanistan.